A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

To gain the most from A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple, we recommend that
you read the corresponding chapter and section in the Text of the Second or
Third Edition of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace.

Chapter 26: The Transition

Section III. The Borderland

Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 26, Section III. (pages 546-548)

Why is the truth very simple?

God is the truth, and there is nothing else. In dreams we think there is something else, we think there are separate bodies, but we cannot make real what God did not create. There is simplicity in God because in God’s oneness there is no conflict, no differences and no death. There are no separate lives. There is only one changeless, perfect, eternal Love. Because our Reality is only Love, we are simple. We can relax now, and let the memory of What we are in truth return to our conflicted mind.

What is the borderland?

The borderland is the same as what the Course calls the real world. We open to the real world when we are willing to take our made-up illusions of separate bodies to the Holy Spirit to be transformed and undone. In paragraph two we are told: “Here is the meeting place where thoughts are brought together; where conflicting values meet and all illusions are laid down beside the truth, where they are judged to be untrue. This borderland is just beyond the gate of Heaven. Here is every thought made pure and wholly simple. Here is sin [thoughts of separation] denied and everything that is received instead.” (2:3-6)

What is the final judgment upon this world?

As we take every perception of separation to the Holy Spirit to be healed, we come to the realization that a world of separate bodies with separate minds could never be real and does not exist. As we continue on our healing journey of returning to our one Self, we gradually stop wishing for the hell of separation and instead wish to become aware of our oneness in Heaven. And we receive what we wish for in our heart of hearts. When we no longer wish to see separation, it will not be there to see. The final judgement on the world becomes: “It has no meaning, and does not exist.” (4:3)

What is the learning goal that this course has set?

As we continue practicing the principles of A Course in Miracles, we learn that the wish for hell (hallucinating separation from God and our brothers) is not the same as the wish for Heaven (acceptance of our true Identity in God’s oneness). “This difference is the learning goal this course has set. It will not go beyond this aim. Its only purpose is to teach what is the same and what is different, leaving room to make the only choice that can be made.” (5:4-6)

As we surrender all we think we know and let ourselves be brought to the truth, we see that the idea of choice is illusion. We see that all illusions of separation are the same. We relinquish illusions of separation and return to knowing that we are one in God. We let ourselves remember there is nothing else. “Where all reality has been withdrawn from what was never true, can it be hard to give it up, and choose what must be true?” (7:7)


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